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Library Technician (Perth)

Morling College is a registered Higher Education Provider (HEP) with campuses in NSW and WA, offering biblically grounded, quality education and training. The team at Morling are a dynamic, creative and colourful group of people who seek to love God with all that we are. We invite you to experience the richness of this united, yet diverse community at Morling College.

We are seeking a Library Technician who will be central to the day-to-day running of the Heather and Noel Vose Library in Perth, WA. This role will also provide excellent service to our clients, cataloguing and processing new items, and developing the collection.

The role is part-time, 2 days per week (0.4 FTE) during business hours. Salary is $53,139 per annum (pro-rata) and is based on Level 3.1 Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2020. There can be flexibility in the distribution of hours. Attendance at relevant meetings may occur outside of business hours. During peak periods, additional hours may be necessary.

About Our Library

The Heather and Noel Vose Library is located at our Perth Campus and is Western Australia’s premier Theological Library. The Library was founded as part of the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia in 1963 which has been growing and developing ever since. Dr Noel Vose, a graduate of Morling College, was foundation principal of the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia from 1963 until his retirement in 1991; he was also president of the Baptist World Alliance from 1985 to 1990. Noel's wife, Dr Heather Vose, was an academic specialising in Western Australian history and a great supporter of the college and its library. After her sudden death in 1990, the Heather and Noel Vose Library Foundation was established in her memory to provide ongoing funding for the library from interest earned on donations. BTCWA was renamed Vose Seminary from 2008 until the merger with Morling College at the beginning of 2021. The library retains the Vose name to honour both Heather and Noel.

Application Details

  • Please apply on Seek with a cover letter briefly responding to the Key Attributes required and a recent CV
  • We reserve the right to employ at any stage if a suitable candidate is identified

Key Responsibilities

1. Provide library services and support to the Morling College community. This may include:

  • Circulation - loans, returns, renewals, reservations and managing overdues
  • Respond to queries including reference queries
  • Troubleshoot basic IT problems for clients
  • Process and maintain client membership records
  • Manage inter-library loan and document supply requests, incoming and outgoing

2. Assist with management of the library collection. This may include:

  • Develop a collection of monographs, serials and other materials that best meet the needs of the Morling College community in line with the Collection Development Policy, this includes but not limited to:
  1. Advising academics of new resources and seeking their recommendations for purchases
  2. Selecting resources for the collection from donated books
  3. Managing Ebook Central and Wheelers
  4. Weeding, the removal of items no longer required in the collection in consultation with academic staff
  • Cataloguing of resources
  • Send updates of library holdings (MARC records) to Libraries Australia
  • Oversee end-processing of resources by library shelvers or volunteers, and when required process the resources
  • Maintain the condition of the collection by overseeing the shelving, conducting regular stocktakes, and mending damaged items
  • Process items into and out of different collections
  • Maintain new books display
  • Liaise with ANZTLA and other professional bodies with distribution and acquisition of duplicate and discarded issues

3. Provide organisational and administrative support. This may include:

  • General administrative duties such as answering emails and phone calls, filing and overseeing library equipment
  • Liaise with IT personnel and software providers to maintain and/or improve technological services within the library
  • Provide back-up for reception as required
  • Assess and report any WHS issues. Stay abreast of any relevant WHS policies and procedures and ensure these are actioned as required
  • Supervise volunteers in consultation with the Branch Manager

4. Participation in the life of the College

It is expected that the Library Technician will be part of the College community and will be involved in the life of the College across all campuses. This will include:

  • Attendance at staff team meetings
  • Attendance at chapel services
  • Involvement in College events and lunchtimes with staff and students

It should be noted that, while detailed, this position description is not exhaustive, the Principal and the National Director of Library Services may, at their discretion and in consultation, vary the responsibilities as required.

Essential Key Attributes

Skills, Character and Qualities

  • Demonstrated Christian character and active involvement in a local evangelical church
  • Alignment of personal values, beliefs and practices with the mission and Christian ethos of Morling College
  • Agreement with Morling College's Community Code (with any reservations clearly stated and explained at interview)
  • Willingness to embrace a culture of shared evangelical conviction and gracious, respectful disagreement on other matters
  • Well-developed written and spoken communication and interpersonal skills
  • Responsible and able to stay ‘on task’ unsupervised
  • Strong computer skills - ability to learn new programs and platforms and troubleshoot problems
  • Commitment to provide high quality customer service

Desirable Attributes

Qualifications and Experience

  • A qualification in library studies conferring eligibility for associate [librarian] or library technician membership of ALIA
  • Experience working in a library, including in cataloguing and client services
  • Familiarity with theology as a subject area

Additional Benefits

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • A positive and inclusive team culture
  • Free on-site parking
  • Above award remuneration
  • Access to salary packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program Support: Our employees are encouraged to use this free short-term, confidential counselling service if they are experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues. Also includes financial coaching, nutritional support and legal referrals

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